17
    Apr
    2017

    [ von holzhausen ] new luxury handbag alert

    “Introducing the best leather bag… It’s not made of leather.” – Von Holzhausen

    Hi, friends.  So, brands like Malibu-based Von Holzhausen are why I wanted to be a vegan fashion blogger when I first started out 2.5 years ago.  What we have here is a high end, specialty, beautifully-constructed handbag line– who has always used leather in all of their designs– who now sees the way in which the world is changing and has made the decision to change right along with it.

    Luxurious brand Von Holzhausen is pioneering the use of  future-forward “Technik-Leather,” traditionally used in automobiles, in fashion.  Their latest collection of uber-chic shopper bags and pouches are made in the USA with no toxic byproducts or harsh chemicals, no waste factor, and no animal products.  Their bags are substantial yet surprisingly lightweight, and look just like buttery leather… Except no animals were harmed!  On the inside of the bag, you’ll find sustainable suede substitute, “Technik-Suede.”

    From experience, I can tell you that this bag is perfection.  I LOVE the shape, quality, and lightweight portability.  It is truly beauty-meets-functionality.  I love putting my laptop in this bag every day on my way out of the door to work, knowing that it was USA made with sustainable practices, and EVERY time I come home after receiving at least 5 compliments on the unique look.  Do yourself a favor and check this brand out!!!!! Let’s support companies who are making strides to improve the way they create fashion.

    xoxo

    Molly

    VON HOLZHAUSEN

     

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    14
    Apr
    2017

    shopbop sale : final day! (my top picks)

    It’s that time of year again… the ShopBop annual sale.  Since It’s the last day of said sale, I wanted to be sure and share the (all animal-friendly, obviously) things that are in my personal cart.  If you love them, I suggest you snap them up NOW while they are 25% off.  Ready… Set… Go!

    Best Shoes 

    Best Bags

    Best Sunglasses

    Best Dresses

     

    Treat Yo’Self!

    Shopbop Sale: Last Day!

    11
    Apr
    2017

    vegan fashion for men … a shopping guide for caring men and those who love them

    First comes love.  Then comes marriage.  Then comes a little baby in a carriage.

    OR, you’re us.  In which case, first comes a period of fun and passionate dating, then comes Molly going hardcore vegan overnight while her bewildered boyfriend tries to figure out what happened to their perfectly normal life, then come minor disagreements-turned-larger-resentments over half of the things that used to go blissfully undiscussed.  Such as a carton of eggs.  Or Neutrogena face wash.  Or his clothing. I would hug him in his favorite cashmere sweater, and suddenly I’d feel ill.  I couldn’t help it, I just knew too much about what happened to the poor bunnies.

    NOTE:  Matt and I are GREAT now!  We’ve pretty much got it figured out.  Hence, we can now help you navigate the complicated (but not-so-much once you learn the ropes) world of vegan fashion for men.

    ALSO NOTE: My lovah, God bless him, is a bonafide clotheshorse.  Everything I’m listing on here is Matt-approved and good lookin’. No hemp Birkenstocks for this guy!

    Alright, lets get this party started.

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    pants: mizzen & main // shirt: mizzen & main // briefcase: matt & nat // shoes: will’s vegan shoes // belt: alternative outfitters

    hair products: kevin murphy (the anti-gravity line)

    SHOES

    1. Will’s London
    2. Brave Gentleman
    3. Nicora 
    4. Matt & Nat
    5. Kat Mendenhall (cowboy boots!)

    -QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather shoe” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. Voila! Tons of vegan shoes at your fingertips! 

     

    BRIEFCASE/WALLET

    1. Matt & Nat
    2. Brave Gentleman
    3. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
    4. Eve Cork
    5. Luca Chiara 
    6. Vegan Collection
    7. Dune London- vegan options here & here
    • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com.  Type in “Faux leather bag” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

     

    BELT

    1. Alternative Outfitters
    2. Vegan Collection
    3. Kat Mendenhall
    4. Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories
    5. Brave Gentleman
    • QUICK TIP: If you’re in a hurry and need something overnighted, you can always go to ASOS.com. Type in “Faux leather belt” into the search box, then choose the “MEN” filter. 

     

    SUIT

    1. Brave Gentleman
    2. Ministry of Supply
    3. Express (about half of their suits are wool-free; be sure to check “product details”)

     

    JACKET/COAT

    1. Vaute 
    2. Ministry of Supply
    3. HoodLamb (cold weather/snow)
    4. Brave Gentleman
    5. Spirit Hoods (funky/festival/faux fur/ part of proceeds go to animal rescue)

     

    SWEATER

    1. Vaute
    2. Express (no wool! yay!)

     

    WATCH

    1. Nois 
    2. Wood Watches
    3. Daniel Wellington (1 vegan option)
    4. Lund London 

     

    ALL-VEGAN STORE/ONLINE MARKETPLACE

    1. Vegan Scene
    2. Unicorn Goods
    3. Vegan Chic

    There you have it!  Vegan fashion for men, simplified.

    And remember.. When in doubt (and if it’s warm out), they can always rock my favorite look on a man– linen!

    Comment or message me with any questions or additions! I hope this helped. Be kind today! XOX

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    (You can find more on vegan fashion for men on my Instagram… Matt is going to be modeling sustainable, animal-loving brands more and more for me! Stay tuned!)

    7
    Apr
    2017

    subscription box : vegan cuts

    Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, obviously.   People order these in order to have a new monthly stash of bows for their kid, toys for their dog, makeup for their face, plants for their garden– you name it.   I’ve never gotten very involved in all of that, as I’m trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to live a bit more minimalistic, material-wise.  However,  I am discovering that I cannot say no to the monthly Vegan Cuts boxes.

    They have the snack box, which is what I tried this month.  It contained drinks, cookies, snacks… You name it.  ALL vegan, mostly fair-trade and organic.  I especially love this because my fiancé is slowly going more and more vegan, and I really love to have as much variety around the house as possible for him to snack on, which shows him how totally unrestrictive the lifestyle can be.  Additionally, the box has introduced me to some of my very favorite pantry staples!   So, whether you are new-ish to being vegan or vegetarian, whether you are an omnivore who simply likes snacks, or whether you’ve been vegan for years and just want to add new and fun snack items to your rotation, I highly recommend this monthly box.

    (Pssst!  They also offer a beauty/cosmetics/skincare box!

    Go check them out, let me know what you think!

    VEGAN CUTS

     

    24
    Mar
    2017

    shop for the animals; shop tristin! (online boutique)

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    top: tristin ($22!) / skirt: tristin ($32!) For reference, I am wearing a size small // wooden necklace: savvie studio

    I love this set so much, I couldn’t even wait long enough get it hemmed to wear it around town and to put it on the blog (hence the “ombre” look at the bottom of the skirt)!   Oh, the challenges of being 5’3″!  I love that the pieces can be worn separately– I wore this skirt to brunch, for instance, with a low v-neck, cotton, cropped tank.   The material makes this appear MUCH more luxe and expensive than it actually is (the whole thing is only $54!), and it is extremely flattering on.  I like to dress it down for daytime with an earthy wooden + cotton necklace, but I also look forward to having an occasion where I can dress it up; it would be perfect for a gala or holiday party!  The biggest reason I choose to shop at Tristin— aside from the super reasonable price point and the fact that I love supporting a small biz– is that they donate 10% of their proceeds to animal charities, and everything is 100% vegan!

    Some of my favorites from their site (ALL of which are very affordable):

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    17
    Mar
    2017

    my cruelty-free products picks! plus, what you can do to help.

    You gotta be careful out there.  I remember when I first went animal-friendly/cruelty-free…  I was at the mall and approached the Estée Lauder makeup counter.  “Hi!  Y’all have a foundation I’m obsessed with and I just ran out, but I need to please speak with someone who knows if you test on animals.”

    The saleswoman’s eye’s widened and she gasped “Oh, my God! Do people even still do that, test on animals?! So barbaric.  We haven’t done that since the ’80s, and we never would.”

    “Ok!” Happy with her emphatic answer, I paid an exorbitant amount of money for my favorite foundation, and went on my way.

    Fast forward a few months where I had become more savvy navigating the vegan/cruelty-free world, and I was SHOCKED to learn how sneaky (and sometimes just flat out uninformed) cosmetics companies and their workers can be.  Straight up: I was duped.  Estée Lauder’s official statement regarding their animal testing policy reads as follows: The Estée Lauder Companies does not test on animals and we never ask others to do so on our behalf. If a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment, an exception can be made.”  The red flag lies in the second sentence.  The most profitable market to sell makeup is China, and guess what? In order to retail in China, by Chinese law you HAVE to test on animals.  So most big-name cosmetics/hygiene brands do, in fact, choose to test on animals.  And just so everyone is on the same page– and this will matter to some people more or less than others– contrary to popular belief, animal testing does not involve a mouse in a cage.  Beagles… Yes, the dogs… And cats, and bunnies, and monkeys are typically the victims.  They will pour laundry detergent in a dog’s mouth, for instance, so see how much he/she can ingest without dying.  Or they’ll blind a cat so see how much mascara you can shove into your eye.  It’s INSANE and heartbreaking and so, so archaic.

    The bright side?? You can be a part of the SOLUTION! 

    How?

    1. Download the Cruelty Cutter app!  It is a handy tool you can use while shopping to determine which products/ brands are animal-friendly.  Simply scan the barcode and the info pops up!  Here’s the deal… Every time you shop you cast a vote, via every dollar you spend, for what kind of world you want to live in.  This app helps you vote kindly and wisely.
    2. Do your research! I choose to follow cruelty-free makeup bloggers to get my facts straight.  The most thorough blogger is Logical Harmony (@logicalharmony on IG)– she checks up on the brands every single week and updates her cruelty-free list!  You’d be surprised how often these companies change their verbiage on their testing policies.
    3. Check out and give your support to organizations who set out to rescue and rehabilitate these victimized animals, as well as those organizations who work to expose the cruelty involved in animal testing.  One of my very favorites is the Beagle Freedom Project.

    Hopefully you feel at least slightly empowered now… You really can make a difference.  The world is changing right now more than every before, as it pertains to animal rights and welfare… I feel it and see it every day and it gives me goosebumps. Won’t it be cool, when animal testing is abolished for good, to look back say “I helped. I was on the right side of history.”

     

    In the meantime, I’m going to list some of my favorite cruelty-free products here.  Enjoy!

    Makeup:

    Budget: e.l.f

    Splurge: Kat Von D (LOVE all her products! And I love to support her, because KVD is a celebrity who has really used her platform to make change for animals.  She has heroically decided not to retail in China, and has reformulated her lipsticks to be completely vegan.)

    Nail polish:

    Zoya

    Deodorant: 

    This was a hard one for me to figure out, not going to lie.  But I finally found a product I’m in love with an that works for me: Crystal Roll-on. 

    Facial/skincare: 

    Budget: Kiss My Face (especially for face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen)

    Splurge: Osea Malibu (OBSESSEDDDDDD WITH THEM!!!!!!!!!! Fav products are the gel cleanser and their advanced protection creme… I wear it every night.)

    Body wash:

    Shea Moisure African Black (good scent for both men and women)

    Shampoo/Conditioner:

    Budget: On major sale right now is Eve NYC… Very clean smell, makes my hair feel soft.

    Splurge: Living Proof products (I like to buy the “Perfect Hair Day trio… Your hairstyle will be in place for days, it is CRAZY! But the other formulations, like their anti-frizz, are great, too.)

    Detergent (dish and laundry) and cleaning supplies:

    Seventh Generation! I live and die by this brand and their eco-friendly mission.

     

    As always, friends, never hesitate to contact me with any questions!! I love to help. XO have a fun weekend!  Thank you for caring about animals.

     

    -Molly

    9
    Mar
    2017

    birthday post: 33 things you didn’t know about me

    Hey friends!

    In honor of turning 33, I thought I would share a little bit about myself.  Even though it feels weird to do a non-fashion post, just talking about myself.  I’ll try and include FAQs I get, and please know that I love and appreciate every single one of you for following my blog.  I had no idea what I was in for when I casually started it 2.5 years ago, and I’ve loved (almost) every second of it!

    Here’s to getting older (and hopefully wiser)!

    1. I went vegan 2.5 years ago after watching a documentary called COWSPIRACY.  At the time I was vegetarian but not really what I would consider to be an animal activist.  Even though the movie doesn’t have very much to do with animal rights or suffering– it really focuses more on the impact of the agribusiness on the environment– it changed my life.
    2. In the first couple months of being vegan, I “cheated” twice.  One time it was a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie from Subway, and the other time it was cheesy bread already on the table at a nice dinner when on a date with my now-fiancé.
    3. My parents got divorced when I was 11.  It didn’t make me mad– I was happy for them to move on and be happy!
    4. I will always have a black pitbull mix in the family because they don’t often get adopted at shelters.  This is because sometimes they appear intimidating (even though mine is literally the sweetest dog I’ve ever had in my entire life), and also they are hard to photograph, therefore harder to market on social media, etc.
    5. I used to be terrified of pitbulls and would remove my dogs from a dog park if one came in!
    6. I feel like two of the worst times in my life, relationship-wise, have made me appreciate where I am now with Matt.  1) An ex boyfriend who had basically a secret double life (cheated on me with sooooo many women, it was CRAZY) and brought me to a pretty dark place… And I’m not easily brought to a dark place!  It made me so appreciate a man who is trustworthy.  And 2) when Matt left me for a couple of months last year.  It made both of us evaluate what we really wanted, work hard in therapy on our relationship’s deficits, and CHOOSE each other.
    7. I have 10 bridesmaids, most of whom don’t even really know each other very well!  I am so excited for all of my favorite people to meet each other.
    8. My fiancé and I have a secret language that we use at home, and sometimes accidentally use in public.
    9. In high school I was a bit of a mean girl.  I was picked on mercilessly by the older girls when I was a freshman, and afterwards I decided that the only way to survive was to be “tough.” I regret it ALL the time!
    10. I appreciate it when people say that I look younger than my age.  I think it’s because 1) my face is heart-shaped/round, so that helps. 2) a vegan diet with lots of water!  I swear it works! and 3) I spend a lot of time pampering my skin in dermatology offices. Plastic surgery is not for me, but I’ll try most anything non-invasive!  I have gotten a SkinPen and Hydrafacials from McGuiness Dermatology, Skin tightening under my jaw from my friend Dr. Jordan Rihani, and even microblading for my eyebrows at Enlighten MD… And I am now addicted to all of them.  Beauty is pain!  Just kidding, beauty is whatever you want it to be.  But in my case, beauty is slight discomfort at times and mildly expensive 🙂
    11. A pet peeve of mine is when someone gives a vegan activist a hard time for caring about animals.  “Well, what about people? You don’t care about actual people??”  Errr, no… Empathy is not a limited stock, and you can in fact care about more than one thing at a time!  Personally, old people and animals tug at my heart the most, but I also care immensely about refugees and the homeless and– well, everyone!
    12. I want to move to Canada, but I’m settling for a bachelorette party there.  Montreal!
    13. My favorite nights are “game nights.”
    14. I am a youth counselor at a really amazing summer camp called Yea Camp!  They have some sessions that focus on human social justice issues, and others that focus more on animal rights.  It basically is a camp that connects eco-conscious,  animal-loving, humanitarian, socially aware teenagers with each other, and teaches them how to make a difference in the world.  I’m obsessed with the camp and want everyone to know about it!
    15. Wedding planning is ok, but honestly, it is very stressful.  I’m just ready for the day to come so I can marry the love of my life and party with friends! I’m glad that one of my best friends (and bridesmaids), Jessica from The Tree Kisser, is planning her wedding at the same time so we can help each other plan vegan, eco-friendly weddings!
    16. My favorite thing about myself is my big ol’ heart.  My least favorite thing about myself is my impatience.
    17. I’m Lebanese American!  Which I didn’t know until I was in my mid twenties… Thats a weird story.
    18. My mom lives here in Dallas.  She pretty much raised me to be a vegetarian, because she always felt that meat is “gross.” My dad is in North Carolina.
    19. I love changing my hair color!  I’ve been platinum, silver, purple, red, black, brown, and blonde. I go to David at Muse Salon for color and sometimes extensions!
    20. Favorite American city: New Orleans. Least favorite: Las Vegas.
    21. I love to paint and draw, and I’ve actually sold a few paintings.  I wish I could devote more time to it!
    22. I used to live in Los Angeles, CA for over 10 years.  I miss it all the time, but the traffic and cost of living was horrible!  I’ve also lived in London, which was incredible, but I ran out of money in about 5 seconds.
    23. I went to Pepperdine University and double majored in Psychology and English.  I was also social chair of my sorority (but barely ever made it to meetings).
    24. My good friend and extremely talented photographer Mary Summers Hafner is responsible for all photos on my instagram and blog.  She makes me laugh so hard its ridiculous, and I love that she tells me when my posture isn’t flattering or if I’m making a weird face.  She has a heart of gold and I recommend her to ANYONE who needs a photographer in Dallas!
    25. My first word was “duck” and I’ve been obsessed with all animals since I was a little girl. I think they have the most pure hearts and I feel most spiritual when I am around them.
    26. I am AWFUL at math.  When I took the SATs, my verbal score was super high and my math score was DEPLORABLY low.  So basically, I won’t shut up but I can’t add.  Ah, well.
    27. I swear by the book The People Code.  I have given it as gifts to half of my friends and I have everyone close to me take the personality test so I can understand them better.  Buy it, buy it now!!!!!! It will help your relationships!
    28. I used to be a behavioral therapist for autistic and developmentally delayed children, and I also used to be a wardrobe stylist.
    29. I donate 15% of my blog’s proceeds to various animal rescue organizations.
    30. I am scared of ants and rodents and reptiles. I still care about them, but man, they freak me out.
    31. If Matt would let me, I would probably have 10 dogs. So instead, we compromise and foster.
    32. I love watching scary movies, but I have to pause them several times throughout to take big, deep breaths.
    33. We won PETA’s “Cruelty-Free Home Of The Year” award!!! Was definitely a 2016 highlight.